Community Projects

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
- Feodor Dostoyevsky

 As part of the Leadership Windsor/Essex experience, participants select a Community Action Project to complete in teams of four or five. Each participant will spend approximately forty hours on a project.  To have your organization's project or event considered for a Community Action Project please complete the form below.

Community Action Projects are now being accepted until August 28th.

Complete the Community Action Project Application Form

Community Action Project Guidelines

Community Action Projects are a vital experiential component of the Leadership Windsor/Essex curriculum. Community Action Projects are designed to respond to a challenge or issue facing the community and result in a tangible outcome by the end of the program year.


 Community Action Projects are designed to:

  • Provide an opportunity to directly apply the knowledge and skills being developed

  • Provide an opportunity for participants to develop teamwork skills through experience

  • Link participants to a community organization

  • Address community issues while fostering collaboration within the community

 Community Action Project Criteria:

 Projects will have the following characteristics:

  • Require a group approach to implement the project

  • Be time-limited. The maximum length of time for completion is eight months.

  • Provide opportunity for creativity.

  • Challenge the Leadership Windsor/Essex participants

Projects cannot:

  • Be partisan or religious in nature

  • Have a primary purpose of soliciting funds for a community organization

  • Advocate for a partisan or non-partisan political purpose.

Process for Community Organizations

  1. Community Organizations submit a Community Action Project proposal(s) to the Executive Director of Leadership Windsor-Essex for approval.

  2. Submitting a proposal does not guarantee the project will be selected.

  3. Community Action Project teams will have 4-5 members and will be created by the Executive Director of Leadership Windsor/Essex.

  4. Approved projects will be presented to Community Action Project teams at the Opening Retreat in September. A member from the Community Organizations is invited to make a 5 minute presentation to LWE participants at the Opening Retreat to introduce their Project.

  5. Community Organizations will be notified by September 30th regarding the outcome of their proposal.

  6. Any media communication about LWE Projects must be approved by the LWE Executive Director.

Responsibilities for Community Organizations

1.    The Community Organiation must designate an individual as the Contact Person for the duration of the project.

  1. The Contact Person must be available to correspond with the LWE Team by telephone, e-mail and in person.

  2. The Contact Person must be available to meet with the LWE Team on a regular basis. Two meetings would be required at the start of the project and bi-monthly throughout the project duration, or as needed.

  3. The Contact Person is responsible for providing resources and other support, as required, throughout the project on behalf of the Community organization.

  4. The Contact Person is responsible for submitting a mid-term report.

  5. The Contact Person is responsible for submitting a final evaluation.


  1. Project Proposals submitted by August

  2. Project selection by September

  3. First meeting with Contact Person by October

  4. Work plan developed by November

  5. Mid-term project report by February

  6. Mid-term evaluation to LWE by February

  7. Project completed by June

  8. Final evaluation completed by June





  • Assist with educating the community regarding mental illness and mental health, in Windsor-Essex. (Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor Essex County Branch)

  • Developed a Recruitment Plan for new committee members for the Welcome Centre - Shelter for Women 

  • Supported 40 Leaders Under 40 recognition/awards program and event.  To celebrate and encourage civic minded community leaders

  • Provided opportunities for Windsor Residence tenants opportunities for recreation and friendship to enhance social experiences for at-risk populations (Windsor Residence Inc.) 

  • Community Memorial Initiative - provided a community wide multi-faith memorial service for those without familities to celebrate their life

  • Promoted WEVolunteer a program of United Way that assists organizations in finding volunteers

  • Examined local food sources, compared costs, worked with community gardens and created menus for the Windsor Essex County Community Garden Collective

  • Marketing and Promotion plan of the programs offered at WEST - Women's Enterprise Sills Training of Windsor

  • Developed a Strategic Plan to identify past successes, current challenges and future direction.  Youth Family Resource Center (ACCESS - Kingsville) 

  • Develop the project plan to establish the community garden project in West Windsor. (Sandwich Community Health Centre Inc.)

  • Assist with arranging, organizing and implementing the Special Olympics Gala event. (Special Olympics)

  • Schedule and lead focus groups within the community for the Community Aspirations Process. (United Way/Centraide Windsor Essex County)

  • Present Learning Disabilities Association -Windsor Essex's business case on why hiring individuals with learning disabilities makes good business sense. (Learning Disabilities Association -Windsor Essex)


  • Develop and promote alliances among educational institutions, industry and community organizations throughout the Windsor/Essex community to enhance career opportunities for local youth. (SWOIEC)

  • Develop a Marketing Strategy and Update the CFTV Station Website

  • Researched and developed recommendations for the Fringe Festival official program format and distribution channels

  • Examined opportunities for homelessness education and awareness among local businesses. - The Homeless Coalition

  • >Harmony Ribbon Campaign Awareness Strategy (LWE Legacy Project)


  • To promote awareness of the Windsor Public Library services that are available to the Windsor and Essex County business community

  • To provide a comprehensive program to Big Brothers and Big Sisters where by they will have tools necessary to implement The Kids of Steel 8 Week Triathlon Training Program

  • To develop an effective Helmet Safety promotional campaign package that can be easily maintained and presented in any community through various channels.

  • Create a recipe book in CD format that could be distributed to parents of Junior and Senior Kindergarten children to eight schools in the Catholic School Board.

  • Develop ways in which to link school tour operators (field trip planners) with organizations, service providers & or businesses within the Windsor/Essex County area that provide unique opportunities for the enhancement & support of the Ontario Curriculum.


  • Implement the Leadership Windsor/Essex Alumni Network guidelines and develop the criteria for the Alumni Award of Distinction to be awarded in March 2007.

  • Promotion and implementation of Healthy Meetings Policy for the Health Action Windsor/Essex Coalition

  • Develop an Education Campaign for recreational boaters that will help protect the Detroit River in partnership with Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (DRCC).

  • Establish a signature fundraising event that will increase community awareness of Jumpstart.

  • Research the leadership involved in dealing with the Great Blackout of August 2003.


  • Development of a network of representatives from across the county who provide services to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in collaboration with the Youth and Family Resource Network.

  • Produced the terms of reference, code of conduct template, and a recruitment strategy to assist in the development of a Tri-County Community Advisory Committee for the Centre for Environmental Health, University of Windsor.

  • Created a comprehensive media kit for Child Abuse Prevention Month for the Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

  • Planned a learning day that focused on the greenhouse effect and automotive recycling at the DaimlerChrysler Automotive Research & Development Centre for Leadership Windsor/Essex.

  • Expanded on strategies for public promotion and development of materials for distribution of the Harmony Ribbon at schools and community agencies for the Multicultural Council of Windsor/Essex.

  • Conducted a feasibility study for a Mentorship Program that targets youth in the Well-Come Centre after school program for the Well-Come Centre Mentorship Program.


  • Researched the retrospective of leadership involved in the response and follow-up to the 1999 Highway 401 accident

  • Coordinated and implemented Leadership Windsor/Essex Community Day of Action

  • Developed a promotional campaign for a CT scanner on behalf of Leamington District Memorial Hospital

  • Analyzed and interpreted the results of a Windsor Police Services community survey that included conclusions and recommendations

  • Addressed and made recommendations on the growing literacy gap between boys 

  • Created a two year plan that will lead to the establishment of a Volunteer Chapter for the Arthritis Society.

  • Planned and organize an international event with five Michigan leadership programs and Leadership Windsor/Essex.

  • Assessed the strengths and weaknesses of events and destinations for young people in Windsor in partnership with the City Centre Revitalization Committee.

  • Developed the marketing materials for Jeers and Tears: A Community Conference on Bullying Prevention in partnership with the local school boards and other community partners.

  • Developed a marketing plan for the Teen Health Centre's ROPES program to attract corporate clients.